The St. Joan of Arc Centre for Integral Development (JACID) Trust was formed to give concrete shape to the long cherished vision of Fr. Francis Ravi, who, having worked 16 years as a Catholic priest in India and 8 years in the USA, felt the sufferings and the lack of development opportunities of the economically and socially poor and vulnerable.

He believed that, if given the opportunities, the deprived could prove to be efficient learners, able leaders and effective contributors. This motivated him to focus on finding ways to provide formal and non-formal education that would pave the way for sustainable and self-reliant development. To give expression and realization to this vision, JACID was founded on July 23, 2003.